Getting to know ‘BOOTlace’ – a new Dundee band who have released their first single on Spotify

A new Dundee band has released it’s first single on popular music streaming website, Spotify. Dundee Culture talks to the band’s lead vocalist, Joseph Young to get an insight of the band.

BOOTlace, a half-post punk band which was founded in 2017 has released it’s first single on popular music platform Spotify.

The band which includes members Joseph Young, Ben Thom and Andrew Balmer are preparing for their debut gig which happens at the end of this month.

Their new single which is called “Youth and Joy” will be at the centre of their debut gig which is set to take place at the end of this month.

I spoke with band member Joseph Young to get a bit more insight to BOOTlace. Joseph is the lead vocalist of the band and I asked him questions about the launch of the new band and new single.

Formation and inspirations

Talking about the history of the band, Joseph told me that that he and fellow band member Ben were ‘mucking about’ playing guitars and had eventually had a flash idea of starting a band. They called on one of their friends, Andrew Balmer to come along and be part of the band.

I was interested in knowing what singers and bands that inspired BOOTlace. Joseph told me that there was a few:

“We choke for Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and then obviously Oasis, Catfish, the Bottlemen and the Smith’s

The name ‘BOOTlace’

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You may be wondering why the name BOOTlace is the name of the band and asked if there was any ‘working title’ names for the band.

“We were gonna go with Shindig and the Oompth – but we thought those names weren’t good. We decided on two dead dogs our guitarist [Ben] used to have called Boot and Lace”

Future aspirations and debut gig

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BOOTlace will be performing at Clarks on Lindsay Street to promote “Youth and Joy”, their first single

Although BOOTlace is in it’s infancy stages as a band, they have big aspirations and Joseph, Ben and Andrew are starting local, they are set to play a piece at Clarks on Lindsay Street to promote “Youth and Joy”.

Originally, Joseph was telling me that they were busking in a tunnel but were scared so they left.

Talking about his hopes for the future of the band, Joseph said that he hopes that the band’s direction extends out to Perth and the rest of Scotland. Who knows what lies ahead for BOOTlace, but the band is beginning their journey as they prepare for their debut gig at the end of the month which is said to be exciting.

The event page includes a description that states:

“Half post punk, half full on indie rockers BOOTlace were formed in 2017 and feature co song writers and guitarists Ben Thom and Joseph Young, with drummer Andrew Balmer. Taking inspiration in spirit but not sound from bands such as Frightened Rabbit, The Smiths and Glasvegas. The three piece quickly set about curating a sound, and releasing Demo tracks “Rain” and “Sophie” along the way.

This summer, BOOTlace release their debut single “Youth and Joy” on July 2nd, an uplifting song in spite of it all, and continue to create.”

BOOTlace’s debut gig will take place at Clarks on Lindsay Street on July 29 at 7pm. Tickets are £3.

Dundee’s Young People is a series of features showcasing and celebrating the talents of Dundee’s young people during the Year of Young People in 2018 launched by the Scottish Government. A project designed by Dundee Culture to let audiences know about the impact young people have in Dundee. 



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